Teacher Village has a new name

WINNSBORO – When word began to spread about the Fairfield Education Foundation’s proposed housing for teachers approximately three years ago, the project was generally referred to as the Teacher Village. But that moniker must change, according to a spokesperson with the Teachers Village Newark in Newark, N.J. After Fairfield’s Teacher Village began taking shape early […]

Teacher Village nears construction

WINNSBORO – Five years after Fairfield County school officials announced the goal of building a new, rent-controlled housing development for teachers, site infrastructure is nearing completion, and construction of the first homes will start in a few weeks, says Sue Rex, Chair of the Fairfield County School District Education Foundation. “We just feel like we’re […]

Council OKs 95% tax break for ‘village’

WINNSBORO – The majority five Fairfield Council members gave final approval Sept.12 for generous tax breaks to the “Teacher Village” a controversial housing project still lacking final approval from the Town of Winnsboro. The vote passed 5-2, with council members Doug Pauley and Clarence Gilbert opposing. Pauley noted Teacher Village plans have not been submitted […]

Court OKs Teacher Village tax credits

WINNSBORO – Privately run residential projects like the fallow Teacher Village development qualify for the same tax credits as those normally reserved for heavy industry, according to a recent court decision. On July 8, in a six-page opinion, the SC Court of Appeals ruled that a proposed student housing project in Columbia is a commercial […]

Bell casts blame for Teacher Village failure

WINNSBORO – Although a proposed deal with a North Carolina hedge fund to build a “Teacher Village” appears dead, Fairfield County Council hopes the proposed subdivision catering to teachers can still be built.  At Monday night’s council meeting, several council members said the project might find success with another developer. Gorelick Brothers Capital had planned […]

Green: Gorelick pulls out of Teacher Village

EDITOR’S NOTE: Minutes before press time, The Voice was notified by Fairfield County officials that Fairfield School Superintendent Dr. J. R. Green had informed County Administrator Jason Taylor that Gorelick Brothers Capital, developer for the Teacher Village, announced the company is withdrawing from the project. The Voice will update the story online as information becomes […]

Teacher village hits a snag

WINNSBORO – The proposed Teacher Village is still on summer break. Fairfield County Council has already passed two readings to award tax breaks to Gorelick Brothers, a North Carolina hedge fund, to build the proposed subdivision catering to Fairfield County teachers. But third reading remains on hold due to disagreements over inserting an indemnification clause, […]

Teacher Village door remains open

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County is one vote away from approving tax abatements for the Teacher Village, a proposed Fairfield County School District housing project intended to cater to teachers. But what agreement Fairfield County may ultimately reach with the school district still remain under wraps. After spending 20 minutes behind closed doors Monday night, County […]

County, school district fund tuition ‘promise’

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County’s school superintendent says a newly funded program will allow Fairfield County students to attend Midlands Technical College at no cost. Critics, however, say the money would be better spent elsewhere. Last month, the Fairfield County Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to approve second reading of the district’s $45.2 million budget for […]

WTC OKs Teacher Village zoning

WINNSBORO – A request for R-3 zoning for property for a once controversial Teacher Village, sailed just as smoothly through the second and final reading as it did the first reading. Winnsboro Town Council unanimously approved of the rezoning with a 5-0 vote. As during the first reading, there was no discussion except for Councilman […]

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